Car bomb explodes near presidential palace in Somali capital Mogadishu

Car bomb explodes near presidential palace in Somali capital Mogadishu

  A car bomb claimed by al Shabaab Islamist militants killed five soldiers outside the president’s palace in the Somali capital of Mogadishu and badly damaged two nearby hotels, police said. Reuters witnesses said gunfire could be heard after the explosion and a huge cloud of smoke could be seen above the president’s palace, outside […]

Hollande welcomes Team France Olympians at the Elysée presidential palace

Hollande welcomes Team France Olympians at the Elysée presidential palace

France’s Olympic team returned home on Tuesday where they received a hero’s welcome at the Elysée presidential palace in Paris after winning a total of 42 medals – 10 of them gold – at the Rio Games. The athletes arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport earlier on Tuesday, greeted by dozens of cheering fans. France […]

Dar al-Hajar, the Rock Palace

Dar al-Hajar, the Rock Palace

Perched atop a rock pinnacle at the famous Wadi Dhahr Valley, some 15 km away from the capita city of Sana, Yemen, is Dar al-Hajar, better known as the Imam’s Rock Palace. It is an iconic symbol of Yemen, whose picture you can find on postcards and magazines to bills and water bottles. What makes […]